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I am making a coffee table of Indian Rosewood and maple. I have used linseed oil on both woods with good results - brings out the natural colors and grain without adding color. But the coffee table needs to liquid and scratch resistant. Suggestions? Hank
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I believe there is a 'pour on' epoxy resin that will give it a surface like glass. The more coats, the thicker it will be....

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I believe there is a 'pour on' epoxy resin that will give it a surface like glass. The more coats, the thicker it will be....

DIY Channel - How to apply Liquid Glass / 2 Part Epoxy Resin on almost any surface. - YouTube

ArtResin Glossy Clearcoat - on one MASSIVE piece of art. - YouTube
Have a look at this video on applying Tung Oil.

Woodworking : How to Apply Tung Oil to Wood - YouTube

The trick is to used 400 grit sandpaper and work it into the wood.
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Hi Dan, I bow to you superior experience in these matters, but will Tung Oil help to make the surface scratch resistant?

That is what I was focusing on.....

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Hi Dan, I bow to you superior experience in these matters, but will Tung Oil help to make the surface scratch resistant?

That is what I was focusing on.....
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I have used many finishes and have yet to find one that will not scratch. There are numerous finishes that can be applied as both you and I have cited in our post. To say one is better than the other is harsh, I would leave it up to the person and what they are comfortable doing.

I just tried this and it was so easy to apply I was astonished to be honest. It also allows you to apply two coats in half a day.

What I would recommend to Peter is use some scrap pieces and conduct his own experiment and as they say the proof is in the pudding!
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I believe there is a 'pour on' epoxy resin that will give it a surface like glass. The more coats, the thicker it will be....

DIY Channel - How to apply Liquid Glass / 2 Part Epoxy Resin on almost any surface. - YouTube

ArtResin Glossy Clearcoat - on one MASSIVE piece of art. - YouTube
I have used this for small tables and serving trays. It is waterproof and doesn't mind a bit of heat. My grandson coated a paper plate with it and gets supper served on it.
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Consider adding a glass top to the table.
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I think I'd use the linseed oil you are comfortable with to bring out the grain. Make sure it flashes off completely and then put on a clear top coat.

I'm pretty happy with General Finishes polyacrylic. I've used this water based product on a few projects and been very happy. Because it's water based I'm not afraid to use it in the house during the winter. It dries quickly, you can do a couple coats a day with very light sanding in between. It does require 3 coats to look good. I apply with a paint brush or paint pad. It's available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin.

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I think I'd use the linseed oil you are comfortable with to bring out the grain. Make sure it flashes off completely and then put on a clear top coat.

I'm pretty happy with General Finishes polyacrylic. I've used this water based product on a few projects and been very happy. Because it's water based I'm not afraid to use it in the house during the winter. It dries quickly, you can do a couple coats a day with very light sanding in between. It does require 3 coats to look good. I apply with a paint brush or paint pad. It's available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin.
Thanks for all the info. Will a water-based acrylic work after applying linseed oil?
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